Trish, South Wales (3)

Here I am in Abercanaid, South Wales (Near Merthyr Tydfil) researching the life of my late mother-in-law, Prudence Ashfield Price, in preparation for my new novel. (Working title: War Bride). Needless to say, it’s based on her experiences of meeting and marrying a Kiwi soldier and being transported to a new life on the other side of the world. So brave of the little Welsh girl from the Valleys who moved with her family to Cirencester during World War Two, worked in a munitions factory and fell in love with a Kiwi.

Since returning home from the UK, I’m underway with my writing and loving re-creating all that I encountered in the countryside, in museums like St Fagans, in books I found in Waterstones and most of all, through conversations with locals who share a passion for history.

Synopsis – Beyond the Rimu Grove

It’s 1966 and the young ones are railing against the stifling, hypocritical values of the times.

With two years teacher training under her belt, Ellen Rose McTavish is sent to Ngarimu Valley School as a Probationary Assistant.

In the isolated farming community, her vulnerability draws in a strong support network, but not everyone is supportive and nothing in the Valley is quite the way it seems.

Devastated by emotional conflict, Ellie contemplates abandoning her teaching career.  In a risky liaison, she finds the strength to carry on, oblivious to the impact her year in The Valley will have on the rest of her life.